Thu March 28, 2013
Proposal to Outlaw Covert Videotaping at Farms, Factories Clears Indiana House Panel
Taking videos and photos at Indiana farms and factories without permission would be a crime under a proposal endorsed by a state House committee.
Bill sponsor Rep. Bill Friend says the Senate-passed measure is aimed at stopping overzealous activists from defaming farms and businesses with misleading covert videos or photos.
Opponents have raised concerns that it would prevent exposure of misconduct such as the mistreatment of workers or animal cruelty.
The bill would make it a misdemeanor to photograph or videotape the businesses unless the images are given to law enforcement or a regulatory agency within 48 hours.
The proposal has attracted national attention, with the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals enlisting the help of celebrities to speak against it. They include former game show host Bob Barker and Republican pundit Mary Matalin.
The House Agriculture Committee voted 9-3 today to advance the bill to the full House.